Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Is the 2001 Safari going to win any beauty pageants? Probably not. But it's reliable, can fit a ton of stuff (and tow a bunch more). Good luck finding a used one with reasonable mileage, however.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 GMC Safari electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 GMC Safari Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 312014

Safari 6-cyl

  • 84,300 miles


After running errands, vehicle would not restart. Time in between errands 2 hours. Outside temp 95. Had to wait 15 - 30 minutes in hot vehicle trying to start vehicle every 20-30 seconds. Problem with passlock/passkey security system as listed on various web sites. Checked with personal obd II & can scan tool and found no dtc's. this problem is becoming more constant and occupant safety is a major concern.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 022014

Safari 6-cyl

  • 84,300 miles
After running errands, vehicle would not restart. Brake & ABS indicator lit. Wait 15- 30 minutes and vehicle may restart. Independent research found that this is a well known problem. Noted: Passlock/passkey security system intermittent failure.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 292014

Safari 6-cyl

  • 84,300 miles
After fueling, could not restart vehicle. Dash lights. Had to wait 15 - 30 minutes until I was able start vehicle. Battery 4 months old, intermittent ongoing problem. Independent research discovered via web search list problem with "ignition passlock/passkey security system". this is a manufacturing defect that my local GM dealer will not address or fix. Estimated consumer repair cost over $1000,00.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #1

May 192014

Safari 6-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
At times vehicle will not start until the steering column shift lever is moved. All power is up, turn key and no response. Depress brake pedal and move shift lever from P to D3 may cause starter to work. Told by aaa driver that this is a common problem.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

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